Friends try to offer comfort to Dion Green, the son of Derrick Fudge, during funeral services for Fudge Saturday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Dion Green on pain, grief and fighting through darkness after Dayton mass shooting and tornadoes

Dion Green knows far too personally how hurtful 2019 has been to Dayton.

The Northridge resident’s house was hit hard by the worst of the 15 Memorial Day tornadoes that rocked the Dayton area.

Weeks later, Green and his family faced the unimaginable when what started as a beautiful night in the Oregon District turned into a nightmare.

>>   Son of Springfield man killed in Dayton shooting: ‘He must have taken it for me.’

A tapestry with Derrick Fudge's picture hangs next to Fudge's casket Saturday during his funeral service at St. John Missionary Baptist Church. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Green’s dad and right-hand man Derrick Fudge died in his arms in the heart of Dayton on Aug. 4.
The massacre that claimed nine lives was the worst mass shooting in Ohio’s history.

>> RELATED: Who was Derrick Fudge

Dion Green is helped up after he collapsed during the funeral service for his father, Derrick Fudge, Saturday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Springfield. Fudge was one of the nine people killed last Sunday in a mass shooting in the Oregon District in Dayton. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

It and the tornado are among a string of traumas to hit the Dayton area, including the recent killing of Dayton police Det. Jorge Del Rio.

>>  RELATED: His only child was killed during the Dayton mass shooting. Now Mike Turner wants everyone to hug.

>> RELATED: Thousands honor fallen Dayton officer at UD Arena

Green and “What Had Happened Was” host Amelia Robinson talk about the impact the tragedies have had on him and his family. But this episode is also about hope.

Green  shares the adversities he has faced, the forgiveness he’s extended and the faith that has helped him through a very dark year.

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ABOUT THE PODCAST

What Had Happened Was” is a podcast for Dayton, powered by Dayton.com and recorded in the WHIO Radio studios. You won't believe the stories that come from right here. Host Amelia Robinson shares the best tales from the Gem City, Land of Funk and Birthplace of Aviation: Dayton, Ohio. 

This podcast is brought to you by Cox Digital Marketing and is sponsored by Premier Health. 

>> “What Had Happened Was...” podcast finalist for prestigious Marconi award

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